reintro and pkgng aghastness

zenxyzzy zenxyzzy at
Tue Feb 3 21:54:13 UTC 2015

I've also had luck putting the tall memory modules in an ultra 5, bumping
it to 1G ram.  this did take me removing the (quite useless) floppy drive.
later, I got some X7039A's, which are low-profile versions.  then I got
room to put another 3.5 inch drive in.


On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>

> hmm, got the 2013 version on CD.  It made it pretty far along but crashed
> and burned whilst loading the miniroot, or whatever they call it, to
> ramdisk.  Memory's just too darn small.
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 12:11 AM, zenxyzzy <zenxyzzy at> wrote:
>> I've had luck putting a sata to scsi adaptor on a DVD.  should be able to
>> boot that.  also, there's plenty of IDE dvd's around.  you'd have to open
>> the ultra 5 up, though :->
>> --curt
>> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>
>> wrote:
>>> Was just about to do that - I have it running on my T1000.  But Martin's
>>> open source politics scared me a little a few months ago - he pulled
>>> everything OpenSXCE-related from the Internet and there was no recourse for
>>> the OpenSXCE user community.  Maybe it's worth another go now that that
>>> appears to be sorted out.  Unfortunately there's no way for me to load the
>>> 2014 bits on my Ultra5 as it's a dvd-only release :\
>>> thx
>>> jake
>>> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 11:41 PM, zenxyzzy <zenxyzzy at> wrote:
>>>> There's another option that maybe you shouldn't ignore.
>>>> OpenSxce.  it's illumos plus a lot of hackery minus a lot of stupidity
>>>> for Sparc.  I run it happily on my Sun Blade 1000.  modern ZFS and
>>>> everything.
>>>> XVR-1000 support.  root on SSD.  fan control support - this clinched it
>>>> for me.  neither linux or freebsd can turn the freaking fan off or down.
>>>> plus source.
>>>> plus, runs solaris 11 binaries from that "O"ther company.
>>>> get it from
>>>> --curt
>>>> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:57 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>   I'd been away from FreeBSD for fifteen years, but I'm back and I'm
>>>>> pleased to announce that I'm using a computer that's from around the
>>>>> time I
>>>>> left FreeBSD :)  It's a nice little Sun Ultra 5.  Bone stock; doesn't
>>>>> even
>>>>> look like the case has ever been open. I recently had to stop using
>>>>> Solaris
>>>>> because they're became evil and Illumos because they're kind of not
>>>>> supporting this hardware anymore.  I tried OpenBSD, but its
>>>>> applications
>>>>> just crashed.  So here I pragmatically am.
>>>>>   I like FreeBSD.  I didn't leave out of disgust or anything; mostly
>>>>> just
>>>>> employment being all-Sun years ago.  So it's cool revisiting it and
>>>>> seeing
>>>>> all the changes and all the stayed-the-sames.
>>>>>   I'm pretty exited about the new FreeBSD pkgng system.  I had the
>>>>> extreme
>>>>> pleasure of using it whilst installing my SPARC last night (which,
>>>>> unfortunately, took from mid evening until around 4:30 in the morning.
>>>>> (I
>>>>> didn't have any cds or floppies at my disposal, so I instead built the
>>>>> network / diskless system installl on a virtualbox vm on my Mac and
>>>>> installed FreeBSD to the SPARC from there).  Good old
>>>>> rarp/boopt/tftp/nfs!
>>>>> Reminded me of Sun Jumpstart!  I was really pleased that this way of
>>>>> doing
>>>>> things still works on FreeBSD  Truly a slick and smart design.
>>>>>   But is it true that I can't actually use pkgng on my real computer
>>>>> because It's not a PC?
>>>>>   I've been looking around the Internet for some hours, now, to no
>>>>> avail.
>>>>> Are there seriously *no* package repos for SPARC?
>>>>>   If that's the case, I'd like to help remedy it.  I've read around on
>>>>> how
>>>>> to contribute, but it seems none of what's out there pertains to pkgng
>>>>> for
>>>>> sparc.
>>>>>   Please let me know if I'm understanding the situation right and how
>>>>> I can
>>>>> help, if help is wanted.  I have a lot of SPARCs and they need a
>>>>> trustworthy operating system with software package system that doesn't
>>>>> have
>>>>> to be manually-wrought.
>>>>> "Oh, wow, it just finished its five-plus-hour ports build of freaking
>>>>> tmux!"
>>>>> jake
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